Ryan Novak is owner of Chocolate Pizza Company, Inc., central New York’s largest gourmet chocolate manufacturer. His signature products – Chocolate Pizza and Peanut Butter Wings - are popular gifts for business and personal occasions and have been featured on Food Network, Discovery Channel, NBC, ABC and other media.
Ryan started with Chocolate Pizza Company as a dishwasher at age 15 and in 2010, at age 21, became the owner. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management with a B.S. in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises and was a place kicker for the Syracuse Orange football team. Ryan is a “Forty Under 40” award recipient and was selected by CenterState CEO as, Business of the Year (2016), for companies under 50 employees.
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